Skip to comments.Mayor says 'knuckleheads' to blame for parade shooting
Posted on 01/16/2006 2:04:47 PM PST by Ellesu
NEW ORLEANS (AP) "Knuckleheads" are to blame for the shootings that wounded three people just after a parade organized to show unity and support for New Orleans' rebuilding, Mayor Ray Nagin said Monday at a Martin Luther King Day ceremony.
In the face of the devastation still remaining, four months after Hurricane Katrina hit, people still came together to have a float-less "second-line" parade and have a good time, Nagin said.
Framing his speech as a conversation in which he asked King's opinion about what has happened to New Orleans, Nagin said he told the slain civil rights leader: "And then knuckleheads pull out some guns and start firing into the crowd. And they injured three people."
"He said, `I definitely wouldn't like that,'" Nagin said.
The Social Aid & Pleasure Club All-Star Second-Line had featured numerous clubs marching to support New Orleans' renewal and their own role in the city's future. Thousands of people, some of whom had come from Houston and Atlanta to join in, had gathered on Broad Street to watch.
The shootings occurred shortly after the parade ended Sunday afternoon in an area of businesses and homes which are nearly all still empty because of the floods that followed Hurricane Katrina's landfall on Aug. 29.
Patrol officers heard gunfire and found a 34-year-old man with multiple wounds. Minutes later, they heard more shots, which had wounded an 18-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man, both in the leg.
No arrests had been made Monday, said Officer Juan Barnes, a New Orleans police spokesman. He said police will not release the victims' names, and he did not know what prompted the shootings or whether the same person shot all three victims.
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Now THERE'S a leader. You tell 'em, Mr. Mayor! Lucky for those knuckleheads nobody was killed or Nagin would've been justified in calling them "Goofballs".
Were the knuckleheads chocolate?
Now, why on earth would "Mayor" Ray Nagin be soft-pedalling with cutesy slang, regarding someone who fired shots into a crowd?
He's plagiarizing Mumbles Menino!
Nagin knows his chocolate knuckleheads.
The guy on the right is a Knucklehead and, to my knowledge, has never fired a weapon.
I think the mayor really meant to say "thugs".
Another Democrat looney talking to dead people. Just like Hilary's "conversations" with Eleanor Roosevelt.
He's challenging Belafonte for the Craziest Black Man award....
Rajin Nagin, "We will make New Orleans red once again!"
Oh, so Nagin's tryin' to be a wise guy, 'ay??
Second line criminals are the ones who follow alongside of a parade and rip off stores and break things.
I'm seeing less and less reason for redeeming New Orleans.
Was this the same speech in which he said that NO would be "chocolate" again?
If it wasn't for a city filled with knuckleheads, Nagin would never have been elected.
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